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Bogwa: A ritual of exhumation (1 of 21)
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
11 Mar 2013

On the first day of Bogwa, people exhume the dead body of their dead beloved then tediously clean the bones.

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Bogwa: A ritual of exhumation (2 of 21)
Ifugao, Philippines
By Sherbien Dacalanio
10 Mar 2013

The bones of the exhume body are sun dried before wrapping it to a white cloth

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Mother's Day at the Cemetery
Lima
By ric francis
12 May 2012

In Peru, Motherʼs Day is celebrated throughout the country on the second Sunday of each May much as it is elsewhere in the world: Peruvian mothers are honored with family meals, parties and showered with gifts. However, there is a particularly popular location where Peruvians gather to socialize over food and drinks in honor of their mothers: the cemetery. Thousands gather at cemeteries in celebration of deceased moms. Such was the case at The Angel Cemetery in the Barrios Altos section of Lima, Peru. Just outside the gates of the cemetery the streets were alive with vendors selling flowers and heart-shaped “Feliz Dia Mama” (Happy Motherʼs Day) balloons, to a throng of family members, both young and old. The air was filled with warmth and laughter as women, children and men entered the cemetery and sought out the grave sites of their mothers and wives. A common sight is that of men balanced on large ladders set up against multi-level mausoleums; theyʼre hired by families to clean and place flowers as well as balloons on hard-to-reach graves. While for some visiting the cemetery is a solitary event, for others it is a social gathering used to catch up on the happenings of each otherʼs lives as they celebrate memories of deceased mothers.